Bel Canto 2014

50% cabernet franc, 38% merlot, 12% petit verdot

bel canto, n. a. A style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power [Italian, literally: beautiful singing], b.  Cadence blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown on its estate, Cara Mia Vineyard.

Violets, white pepper, cinnamon, and tart cherries interplay through the nose. On the palate these flavors reappear, lifted by a coolness and backed up by formidable, fine grained tannins. This goes on and on with wonderful concentration and great thrust. Quintessential Red Mountain Cabernet Franc character married with equally serious Merlot. This will hold for well over 15 years.

B. Smith